Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin urged the Central Information Commission (KIP) to encourage public bodies that have not been categorized as informative to improve their performance, especially regarding information openness.

"I hope that the KIP will continue to encourage public bodies that are not yet informative to improve their performance," Amin noted in his speech at the 2023 Public Information Openness Award ceremony in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The vice president remarked that currently, the number of public bodies classified as not informative has actually decreased, from 303 institutions in 2018 to 147 institutions now.

In line with this, the number of public bodies classified as informative has also increased, from 15 institutions in 2018 to 139 institutions currently.

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He called for institutional assistance, especially to encourage the creation of district- and city-level KIP, whose numbers are still low, so that public bodies in regions can also improve their performance regarding public information openness.

Amin pointed out that public information disputes still arose between the people and public bodies that were triggered by differences in perceptions regarding what information is open and what information must be excluded according to law, among other things.

He assessed that the condition had indicated the need to strengthen the community's literacy on public information openness as well as the need to bolster the competence and standards of public information services through the certification of information and documentation manager officials in public bodies.

"We hope that the provision of clear and satisfactory public information services will reduce the number of complaints and public information disputes," the vice president remarked.

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